The future of NSF?
Julian Buss, July 13th, 2011 08:51:51
There is a lot activity in the "NoSQL" community. In the last years, a lot of new NoSQL databases emerged and are considered "cool".
We all know that NSF implemented the NoSQL ideas a long, long time ago, that should make NSF the database of choice for the NoSQL world of today.
On the other hand, although NSF got some updates in during the time, the core and it's problems are still the very same for ages which makes it look some kind of "oldschool".
Some well known examples:
So the big question is: what is in the queue for Domino 9?
Do you expect that there will be substantial improvements in NSF for Domino 9? Or do you expect that IBM does not have any interest in investing resources in order to improve NSF?
Personally, I hope for the first, but I expect the latter. Which is kind of strange, because what is all the XPages investment for if the underlying database does not keep up?
Perhaps this is all part of a bigger masterplan which may go like this: the XPages engine will be implemented in Websphere, and we Domino developers should then move from Domino to Websphere, so that finally the Websphere fraction of IBM wins over the Domino party.
If such a thing happens I will leave the IBM world at the first chance.
But let's keep being optimistic. There is still time until Domino 9 emerges, IBM did a lot of things right in the past (XPages, DAOS et al), and there is the possibility that they do it right regarding NSF.